Photography by Natalie Hunfalvay

Collaroy Basin Residence

This project began with a refresh of some beautiful heirloom furniture which the clients wanted to modernise. Using a palette based on the existing neutrals in the home, we added in pops of green and blue in the fabric to reflect the home’s ocean-side location.

Following the success of the furnishings, the clients then engaged us to breathe new life into their two powder rooms, three bathrooms and laundry. The spaces hadn’t been updated since the house was built in 1995, and the challenge was to ensure the new designs were to the clients’ current needs, and also in keeping with the rest of the home.

Gathering inspiration from the home’s beachside location and the client’s classic-meets-eclectic vision, we re-designed the spaces with fresh white, blues and greens as the base palette, and added marble and timber, to tie into the finishes used throughout the rest of the house. We re-designed each space, engaged builders on the client’s behalf, and managed the entire process through from design, procurement, renovation (including some hairy moments with a burst pipe!), and styling.

The fresh, new spaces fit well within the rest of the house, and the result is relaxed, chic and a little fun, as well as completely functional and efficient — one that reflects the personalities of these young-at-heart empty-nesters.

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"It was such a pleasure to have had Vellum Interiors deal with the design and renovations of our bathrooms and laundry. One of my main concerns was that the new bathrooms wouldn’t fit with the rest of the house, but Alex was very considerate with the design. The way Alex presented the designs to us was so detailed and beautifully presented, and included all the items she recommended up front.

All costs were also were communicated from the very beginning to the end of our project so there were no surprises. During the renovations, any issues or problems that arose during the 10 weeks or so of work were dealt with by Alex in a calm and positive manner. Alex has a wonderful flare with a very unique style that suits our home beautifully. We are thrilled with the result!"

Pru C.

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